Sunday, August 31, 2014
This entry is essentially the B-side of our entry in "The Daily Vampire" http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com
In that entry, I mentioned the last ten films I saw. Well, before we got to those there were these ten which we viewed earlier in August, including three that I saw at a multiplex in Myrtle Beach, SC; two of which ("A Most Wanted Man" and "Macig in the Moonlight") were art films!
We also watched two films ("On the Waterfront" and "Oklahoma Crude") on TCM.
The images of the late Canadian magician Doug Henning (top), the map of Oklahoma and Lucy van Pelt letting Linus have it in a "Peanuts" panel are all related to the first three films on this list.
Here are the films:
1) Magic in the Moonlight. dir: Woody Allen. 2014. w/ Emma Stone
2) Oklahoma Crude. dir: Stanley Kramer. 1973. w/ Faye Dunaway
3) Lucy. dir: Luc Besson. 2014. w/ Scarlett Johansson
4. On the Waterfront. dir: Elia Kazan. 1954 w/Marlon Brando
5. A Most Wanted Man. dir: Anton Corbijn. 2014. w/ Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams.
6. Lincoln. dir: Steven Spielberg. 2012.
7. A Beginner's Guide to Endings. dir. Jonathan Sobol. 2010. w/ Harvey Keitel
8. Like Someone in Love. France/Japan. 2012. dir: Abbas Kiarostami (a famed Iranian directed)
9. The Iceman. dir: Ariel Vromen. 2012. w/Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder
10. The Grandmaster. Hong Kong. 2013. dir: Wong Kar Wai.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
"Battle for the Planet of the Apes" (1973) promised to be the 'final chapter' of "The Planet of the Apes," but 41 years later there is "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which is screening at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC, along with "How to Train Your Dragon 2."
Elsewhere in the Tar Heel State, the Eden Drive-In in Eden, NC, a small town between Martinsville, Va., and Greensboro, NC, is showing two summer blockbusters "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Guardians of the Galaxy."
At the Hull's Drive-In in Lexington, Va., "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is also showing, but it is sharing its bill with "Into the Storm."
For a completely different crowd, The Film Forum in New York is showing a newly restored edition of "The Conformist," Bernardo Bertolucci's '70s Italian crime masterpiece; the same cinema is also screening the classic French film "That Man from Rio."
At the Cine in Athens, Ga., the cinema is screening "Boyhood," "A Most Wanted Man" and "Ida."
Finally, the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, Va., is screening the wonderful documentary "Life Itself," pictured center about the life and death of film critic Roger Ebert (pictured center); the film is directed by renown Chicago filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams").
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Intimidators are one of four North Carolina teams in the Single-A South Atlantic League of minor league baseball, which is also known as the Sally League. The other three teams are the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Asheville Tourists and the Hickory Crawdads.
Here is a look at scores from last night (Wednesday evening); the home team is marked with an (*):
1) Rome 5 *Kannapolis 2
2) *Greensboro 11 Delmarva 2
3) Hickory 3 *Lakewood 2
4) Hagerstown 3 *Asheville 2
5) Augusta 5 *Savannah 4
6) *Charleston 8 Greenville 0
7) *Lexington 4 West Virginia 3
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Here is a rundown of the six games played in the league on Wednesday night; Home teams are marked with an (*). It was not a good night for home teams!:
1. Bowie 10 *Erie 8
2. Harrisburg 9 *New Hampshire 6
3. Trenton 8 *Akron 2
4. *Altoona 8 Richmond 7
5. Reading 5 *Portland 2
6. New Britain 11 *Binghmaton 7
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Even though it is very early in the season the two most storied franchises in Dutch soccer history played over the weekend (we were hoping the most would be on ESPN3, oh well!) as PSV Eindhoven beat out defending champs Ajax Amsterdam 3-1 thanks to the go ahead goal from Dutch national Luciano Narsingh (pictured top).
Den Haag, a team in Holland's other capital The Hague which is captained by Roland Alberg (pictured center) had a rousing 3-0 victory over Groningen with two goals from Micheil Kramer in the waning minutes of regulation time.
Finally, Rodney Antwi (pictured bottom) scored in the winning goal of the 72nd minute to lead road side Utrecht to a 2-1 win over Feyenoord, and, it was a disastrous weekend for American star Jozy Altidore's former team AZ Alkmaar as they fell to Willem II 3-0. Altidore now plays soccer in England.
Here are the scores from weekend play in the Eredivise:
1) Ajax 1 PSV 3
2) Den Haag 3 Groningen 0
3) Feyenoord 1 Utrecht 2
4) Zwolle 2 Vitesse 1
5) Breda 1 Twente 1, tie
6) Go Ahead Eagles 0 Dordecht 0, tie
7) Heracles 0 Cambuur 1
8) Heerenveen 2 Excelsior (Rotterdam) 0
9) Willem II 3 AZ Alkmaar 0
Monday, August 25, 2014
We are featuring photos of a random exotic fish, a Siamese cat, and Cong. Morgan Griffith (R-Va), because each of them pertains to the top three comic strips in "The Roanoke Times." (I suppose the next time we choose a photo of a House of Representatives members we will go with Cong. David Price, D-NC, to show we are nonpartisan, even though we make no secret of our center-left politics here).
"Speed Bump" by Dave Coverly was this week's winner as his strip showed a fish who had combed his hair just for his date, who was also a fish. Second place went to "Get Fuzzy" which depicts a mad Siamese cat named Satchel. Finally, the bronze medal goes to "Pearls Before Swine" which ventured into new territory by making fun of how corporate donations to members of Congress taint the political system. "Pearls" is usually an apolitical strip!
"Blondie" edged out "Dilbert" for tenth place. The two comic strips seem radically different, but unusually enough they are the two comic strips which seem to focus most on the workplace, except we never actually see Mrs. Dilbert (if there is one) in Scott Adams' strip.
Here is our top ten:
1) Speed Bump
2) Get Fuzzy
3) Pearls Before Swine
To see our Washington Post comics survey, go to our sister blog: http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Greetings to our blog readers in Dubai, Egypt, France, Malaysia, Mexico and Greece .
Today, we quote Courtney, a pioneering female punk and heavy singer, who is now 50 years old! She was the wife of the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana at the time of his suicide some 20 years ago.
Here is Love's quote:
"Being a rock star is like being a cult leader_you have to be in your own religion."
Friday, August 22, 2014
Cho, 45, who is known to shock people with her candid subjects on stage, is also an actress; she is a Canadian who is of Korean heritage.
This is one of her quotes:
"I love drugs, but I hate hangovers, and the hatred of the hangover wins by a landslide every time."
Here is Marker's quote:
"Nothing sorts out memories from ordinary moments. It is only later that they claim remembrance, when they show their scars."
Thursday, August 21, 2014
"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer."
"People have only as much liberty as they have intelligence to want and the courage to take it."
Saturday, August 9, 2014
"The down side of America being obsessed with pop culture is that they kind of like it light."
Friday, August 8, 2014
Since Discovery Channel's Shark Week is nearing, it is only appropriate that "Sherman's Lagoon," a comic strip about a shark finishes in our top ten.
The above images are all in conjunction with three strips from the May 25th Sunday edition of "The Washington Post" (the Aug. 3rd comics pages disappeared like Harry Houdini). The living opossums eludes to "Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! which feauted possum obits! The laundry of clothes is a nod to "Rhymes with Orange," which featured a circus cyclist who had to strut around in the buff since he couldn't get his clothes washed, and, of course, the "Jaws the Revenge" (or Jaws 4) poster is a reference to "Sherman's Lagoon."
1. Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!
4. Rhymes with Orange
5. Judge Parker
6. Speed Bump
9. Sherman's Lagoon
Monday, August 4, 2014
Since We listened to vinyl records from both Squeeze and The Tubes, we thought it would be fun to post an image of Ipana toothpaste (Image #1).
Here are the last ten records I've listened to:
1. Squeeze. Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti. 1985.
2. The Tubes. Now. 1977.
3. Joe Jackson. Night and Day. 1982.
4. Supertramp. Crime of the Century (Image #2). 1974.
5. Nick Lowe. The Rose of England. 1985.
6. The Waitresses. Bruiseology. 1983.
7. Queen. Hot Space (featuring "Pressure with David Bowie). 1982.
8. Todd Rundgren. Hermit of Mink Hollow. 1978.
9. The Steve Miller Band. The Joker (Image #3). 1973.
10. Steely Dan. Gaucho (featuring "Hey Nineteen"). 1980.